Portland contractor helps install Little Free Library
A year ago, Toni Rieder clicked on a website link that would eventually make her home a more welcoming place for passing literary lovers and bibliophiles.
That link lead her to LittleFreeLibrary.org, the site of a nonprofit organization based in the Midwest, with the aim of promoting "literacy and a love of reading in communities all over the world,” says Rieder.
For a few hundred dollars, participants can purchase a little library, which looks somewhat like a large birdhouse but holds free books for passersby to check out.
"The libraries are stocked with books donated by people in the community," Rieder says. "Anyone at any time may take a book out of the library to take home and read. They can bring the book back to the library or they can add a new book to the community collection or they can do both! Take a book. Return a book. It's that simple."
Reider purchased one of the models, a gray one with blue trim and wanted it placed in her front yard.
"The actual installation of the library took about three hours," Rieder says. "Less than an hour after the library was in the ground, a neighbor wandered over and borrowed some books, and it's been used fairly steadily since then."